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Binary code: The base-2 number system. Occasionally known as the "language" of computers. However, it's not usually spoken. But when it is, it's this trope. It's usually used jokingly as robots "native" language.
However, "binary" is not a language: Raw binary data has no meaning without a structure describing what it is. The "binary language" could be anything from "English text encoded in ASCII" to "Ideas, each attributed to a 16-bit number".
Compare Speaks in Shout-Outs, where a character speaks almost exclusively in reference to other works.
01000101 01111000 01100001 01101101 01110000 01101100 01100101 01110011 (Examples):
- The old modem like chirping emitted by droids in Star Wars films is called "binary" in-universe. However, it's unknown whether it's binary as we know it and how is it encoded into sound.
- In Star Trek: The Motion Picture, when V'ger arrives at Earth, she starts sending a signal towards Earth, expecting a response from her Creator. As Spock observes, "A simple binary code, transmitted by carrier-wave signal. Radio." Kirk responds, "Radio?"
- Ashley, and all the other aliens, in Jasper Fforde's Nursery Crime series have binary as their native language. They also play binary Scrabble.
- Appropriately, Binary Larry in Emily the Strange: Stranger and Stranger. He writes a message on the sewer walls in binary. Emily knows how to decode it.
- Binary Larry has a friend named Hex Lex who chisels code into the sidewalks in hexadecimal (base 16).
- In Star Trek: The Next Generation, there is a race called the Bynars, which speak to each other in binary.
- Previously, in The Original Series once the Enterprise tried to contact the probe Nomad it replied in a binary code. Then it sends mathematical message requesting language equivalence, leading it to speak in English afterwards (which does not fit Aliens Speaking English since Nomad was made in Earth).
- Joe from NewsRadio claims to be able to read binary.
- In Red Dwarf, Kryten uses binary as droidspeak on occasion. In "Terrorform" he gives a very long set of binary as an "old droid saying" about not standing and blathering when you're in mortal peril
- In the Flight of the Conchords song "The Humans Are Dead", there is a binary solo. It doesn't mean anything though.
- In a Dilbert strip, Dilbert is eating lunch with a nameless coworker. The coworker brags, "When I first started programming, we didn't have any of these sissy windows! We only had ones and zeros. And sometimes we didn't even have ones! I once programmed an entire database using only zeros!" Dilbert replies, "You had zeros? We had to use the letter O!"
- Jason does this in a FoxTrot comic.
- In Mass Effect, the final message from the rogue AI on the Luna Base is in binary. It translates into "HELP".
- When Pyrrhon from Kid Icarus: Uprising tries to control the Aurum, only for them to take control of him, he speaks out loud in binary; it translates to "KILL".
- Volt in Tales of Phantasianote speaks almost entirely in binary, causing a misunderstanding between him and the heroes which leads to a fight, and later, a contract.
- In The Angry Video Game Nerd II: ASSimilation, CAT-209's dying speech is in binary; it translates to "FUCK YOU NERD".
- Played with in Chapter 2 of Deltarune. The cat-like opponent Tasque speaks in what looks like gibberish meowing, but their dialogues are actually written in binary, with every "me" representing a 0 and every "ow" representing a 1. These binary texts can be converted to UTF-8, as follows.note
- meowowme owowmeow: 01101101 ("m")
- meowowme meowmeow: 01100101 ("e")
- meowowme owowowow: 01101111 ("o")
- meowowow meowowow: 01110111 ("w")
- If you pet them, they'll say, "owowowmememeowme owmemeowowmemeow owmeowmemeowmeow": 11100010 10011001 10100101 ("♥", a heart symbol).
- In The Order of the Stick, Elan considers a dilemma from a Law/Chaos viewpoint, and his Lawful Angel is a modron and speaks entirely in binary. It's not very helpful.
- In The Witch's Throne, the Witch's arm uses a spell in binary.
- Reunited squirrel girls aka "Think Tank" in Sequential Art.
- Freefall: The robots, occasionally.
- Pirate_Tinman speaks in binary because his actual voice is broken, as shown when he first booted up in Shadow of Israphel and also in "Sunshine of Israpony". This is used to call Lewis Brindley and Simon Lane idiots behind their back at some points.
- SF Debris makes this joke in this review of Star Trek: Voyager episode "The Killing Game". A Borg "love song" sung by Chuck!Seven is in binary with a hexadecimal verse.
- Quite a few SCP Foundation writers seem to be under the impression that binary is some kind of universal language, considering the number of SCP objects of alien or extradimensional origin with "messages in binary" in them.
- This music video featuring a robot dance with the lyrics being in binary.
- In Futurama, Bender says a prayer in binary. He ends with "2".
- There's also the Time Code from Bender's Big Score, a long list of zeros and ones that is said like an incantation to send the speaker back in time.
- In "Godfellas", the galaxy that may or may not be God signals Bender in binary. Bender mentions that he only knows enough binary to ask where the bathroom is (which contradicts the above, but hey, Rule of Funny).
- Played for another joke in "The Honking", where during a stay in his late uncle's haunted castle, the passage "0101100101" appears in blood. When pressed on what it means, Bender correctly describes it as gibberish... but once he sees it in the mirror reflected as "1010011010", he freaks out and runs away screaming. That alone would constitute a gag, but it turns out the latter sequence is a real decimal: 666.
- In an episode of ReBoot, when comedian Johnny O'Binome tells a joke in binary, the "binary joke" comes out to "Take my wife, please!" when translated into ASCII.
- In various other episodes, numbers are said in binary. For example, Turbo remarks that Matrix's age should be 11 (pronounced one one, or what would be 3 in base 10). Also, characters infected by super virus Daemon could be made to count backwards, in binary, disintegrating up on reaching 0.
01010111 01100101 00100000 01110111 01101001 01101100 01101100 00100000 01110010 01110101 01101001 01101110 00100000 01111001 01101111 01110101 01110010 00100000 01101100 01101001 01100110 01100101 00100000 01101001 01100110 00100000 01111001 01101111 01110101 00100000 01110100 01110010 01100001 01101110 01110011 01101100 01100001 01110100 01100101 00100000 01110100 01101000 01101001 01110011 00100000 01101101 01100101 01110011 01110011 01100001 01100111 01100101 00101110